By Rajiv BisnauthTHE high-flying Guyana Amazon Warriors will take on the Chadwick Walton-led Jamaica Tallawahs this evening from 18:00hrs at the Guyana National Stadium in Match 29 of the Hero Caribbean Premier League.The Amazon Warriors, last year’s runners-up, have established themselves as firm contenders for the title, with a record, eight straight complete performances to lead the points table with 18 points, and a net run rate of 1.598.One of the main reasons for Guyana’s great showing has been their potent batting line-up of their own but their bowling unit looks light on genuine talent which could open the door for the Amazon Warriors to capitalise and make it nine wins from nine games this evening.The spin-trio of Chris Green, Imran Tahir and Qais Ahmed have all proved to be major threats in this tournament and they supplement the likes of Romario Shepherd and Keemo Paul in what is one of the best bowling attacks in the tournament.The batting remains formidable also as they bat deeper than most teams and after winning all of their matches so far, there is little reason for them to make any unforced changes to their team.With a 100% winning record, Warriors will be keen to extend this run, and at the post-match press conference yesterday at the Guyana Marriott Hotel, Guyana Amazon Warriors head coach Johan Botha said everyone is looking forward to the matches here. “Our aim is to go all the way, but we can’t look too far ahead, we want to continue to play good cricket … we want to compete with Jamaica tomorrow (today). We still respect them as a team, obviously they have a good team, but things haven’t gone the way they had wanted, but we still want to keep playing the way we played, and as I said we are looking forward to playing at home again,” Botha, the former South Africa spinner stated.On the other hand, despite just playing for pride, Tallawahs will hope to finish on a high, a task which will be difficult to accomplish.Having put up totals of 167, 241, 170 and 226, albeit in losing efforts this season, the two-time champions lost seven of their nine games, their worst-ever tournament.This is the first time in the history of the CPL that the Tallawahs are missing out on a playoff berth. They have four points so far, and a win tonight seems a tough task against Amazon Warriors, who look to have very few chinks in their armour, with only complacency a threat to them right now, and even still they have so much depth that they can afford for some players not to perform.Unless the Tallawahs can raise their performance levels, Amazon Warriors should pick up a ninth consecutive win here.While accepting that the season has not been the greatest campagain for Tallawahs, head coach Donovan Miller said his team is looking forward to the clash.
Twenty of England’s leading women amateurs will be offered a taste of Tour life next month at the WPGA International Challenge on the Ladies European Tour Access Series (LETAS).Invitations to play in the Challenge will go to the top 20 players on the England Golf women’s order of merit, sponsored by Lorrin Golf. They will play in an international field which will include Alison Nicholas, Europe’s winning captain at the 2011 Solheim Cup and a past US Open champion.The Challenge, which is the only LETAS event to be played in the UK, is supported by England Golf and will take place at Stoke by Nayland Hotel Golf and Spa, on the Suffolk/Essex border, from September 26-28.Rebecca Wood, the England Golf women’s Performance Manager, remarked: “This is a fantastic opportunity and a step forward for England Golf to be able to support this event.“We know that many of our players aspire to becoming successful professionals and this will help them to prepare for their future careers.”The LET Access Series was formed to create additional playing opportunities for women golfers and also to provide an important link between elite amateur and professional golf.Tour Director Di Barnard commented: “It’s very important to give amateurs the opportunity to compete against professionals. It’s a guide to where they are with their own game and a chance to experience professional golf before they decide if it’s something they want to do.”Amateurs are able to join the LETAS and to compete alongside the professionals for the five LET Tour cards awarded each year. A further 15 players win places at the final qualifying school for the LET. “We have very positive feedback from our amateurs,” said Di.She went on: “This event will be great. It will be very well supported and we are delighted that Alison Nicholas is playing. All the players will aspire to a career like Alison’s and it’s great that she’ll be able to pass on her knowledge and expertise.”There are still three events to be played before the England Golf women’s order of merit is finalised at the end of the season but the current leaders are:Alex Peters – Notts Ladies’ (Image © Leaderboard Photography)Georgia Hall – Remedy OakGabriella Cowley – Brocket HallSarah-Jane Boyd – TruroMeghan MacLaren – WellingboroughRachael Goodall – HeswallOlivia Winning – RotherhamSammy Fuller – RoehamptonChelsea Masters – HighwoodsLauren Taylor – WoburnPoppy Finlay – Vicars CrossAmber Ratcliffe – Royal CromerHayley Davis – FerndownLucy Goddard – Mid-HertsCharlotte Thompson – ChannelsEmma Tayler – SauntonJess Wilcox – BlankneyBethany Garton – Royal Lytham & St AnnesKerry Smith – WaterloovilleJo Hodge – The Kendleshire 13 Aug 2013 Professional Challenge for England’s top 20 women
On November 16th next, an Outside the Box workshop called ‘Running with Scissors’ will be attended by business owners from all over the county.The workshop will cover everything from protecting your business, creating the life you want, to reaching your target market and making more money. This workshop has everything a business owner needs to know to create a successful business.The workshop, which takes place at the Letterkenny’s LYIT CoLab Building will have 5 local industry leaders speaking on all things business! The speakers include;Dearbhail Mulhern, Solicitor and owner of Mulhern Solicitors. Dearbhail will talk about how deaths, marriages and births can affect your business and how this can be managed.Joe Coyle Lifestyle and Financial Planning Coach. Joe will be talking about how business owners can create the life they want!Emma Boylan, Marketing Consultant from Outside the Box will help attendees who are struggling with sales, find a faster path to more money by developing a crystal clear message that attracts their ideal prospects and helps them say “Yes!” Bernard Gallagher, Branding Consultant from CBM Signs will show you how you can brand on a budget and still boost your sales with a expense VS investment return.Simon Cosgrove, web designer and consultant from Zynda Media will show attendees how they can build a website that works while they sleep.The speakers combined have vast experience in helping business owners achieve more, two of the speakers have even been nominated for awards for Business Person of the Year.Emma Boylan from Outside the Box commented “We decided to host this workshop as we feel our combined expertise would be useful to any business owner but also we have heard over and over business owners complaining about wasting their time going to workshops that didn’t give them any tangible takeaways. We have spent months developing ‘Running with Scissors’ so every participant will feel they have invested in themselves and their business and will walk away with a plan for success!”The group will be taking the workshop on a road trip around the country in 2017 but wanted their home county to get the first look! To book or find out more contact Emma on 086 3303986 or Book directly here ; https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/outside-the-box-presents-running-with-scissors-tickets-29273053491?aff=efbeventA one kind of business workshop comes to town! was last modified: November 10th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
31 March 2010Competition in South Africa’s “mobile money” space is heating up, with Nedbank and mobile operator Vodacom teaming up to launch M-PESA, a solution that enables person-to-person money transfers via mobile phone – even between people without bank accounts.This follows hot on the heels of the launch of a similar product, dubbed Instant Money, by Standard Bank and retailer Spar.Like Instant Money, M-PESA enables customers, regardless of whether they have bank accounts, to transfer money from person to person using their mobile phones.“Both Nedbank and Vodacom are confident that M-PESA is going to change the lives of ‘unbanked’ South Africans, and we are looking forward to the imminent launch of the product,” Vodacom South Africa MD Shameel Joosub said in a statement this week.The M-PESA service was originally created as a pilot project co-funded by Vodafone and the “Financial Deepening Challenge Fund” of the British government’s Department for International Development.Since then, the service has proved hugely successful in Kenya, Tanzania and Afghanistan, with more than 10-million M-PESA customers.“M-PESA has a successful track record in other markets,” Joosub said, adding that the service would revolutionise the way South Africans transfer, share and spend their money.Nedbank’s Saks Ntombela said the bank was “delighted to be a part of this innovative, simple money transfer product which offers easy access to funds.“We are particularly excited about this offering being attractive to the previously unbanked population, who are not yet part of the formal banking system.”Nedbank has worked with the banking regulator to ensure that the initiative will meet all the requirements set out by the South African Reserve Bank.“With their proven track record of providing financial services to those who are traditionally unable to afford it, and their innovative approach to banking, we know they will bring a new dimension to the project,” Joosub said.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
30 May 2014President Jacob Zuma took a break from government business on Thursday to field a battery of questions from a group of 40 girls from schools in and around Pretoria.As part of Take a Girl Child to Work Day, Zuma hosted the girls at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, where he was taken to task on what his new administration was going to do to address some of the challenges that the country faces.Zuma sat in a chair alongside new Minister of Women Susan Shabangu and soon put the girls at ease with touches of humour.The girls had question after question for the President, but were most keen to find out what his day-to-day work entailed. He detailed his schedule and explained what it took to be the President of the country.“It’s a huge task,” he said, explaining that a President has to understand the country’s people and its needs.“Understand what leadership is. Join a party and work with it. Join a party that has a clear understanding of its policies. Be knowledgeable. Educate yourself – it is every important,” Zuma said.Asked how he deals with doomsayers, the President encouraged the girls never to be discouraged by criticism and instead to build themselves from lessons learnt.Another learner asked what it takes from a child to rise from humble beginnings in the rural areas to become President. “It is very possible,” Zuma replied. “It depends how you view society. I come from a rural area … but as a young person, I took a decision to educate myself. In the end, I was given this serious job by the ruling party. So, it doesn’t matter where you come from.”One of the girls told Zuma she was very honoured to meet him, but said she was concerned that South Africa had a high crime rate. The President assured her that crime was high on the list of priorities of the new administration. “Already we have a plan, and there has been progress. But going forward, you will see major improvements,” he said.Two girls used the opportunity to pour out their hearts about their daily struggles – from living in an orphanage home, to one family’s battle to keep their daughter in university. Zuma said the stories touched his heart, and promised them that his office would intervene.After well over an hour, Zuma was forced to bring the conversation to an end, saying he had to get back to the business of running the country.The event was clearly a highlight for the girls from schools around Pretoria, as they were beaming after the experience.“At first I had butterflies … It was great and I was honoured to meet him, because it’s not likely for anybody to just sit down with the President and ask him questions,” said Ignatia Mabelane (14) from Birchleigh Hoerskool.Portia Kudobane from Bokgone Technical High School said she was humbled by how the President joked with them. “He is really a people’s President. I have also learnt a lot from him, such as not letting my background or what people say about me define me.”Take a Girl Child to Work Day is an annual event initiated by mobile telecommunications company Cell C to give young girls a chance to spend a day in different career environments to see what options are open to them.Source: SAnews.gov.za
On Saturday October 23, Dr. Wolfgang Feist, the founder of the Passivhaus Institut in Darmstadt, Germany, will be speaking at Boston Architectural College.Dr. Feist’s presentation is part of a symposium called “Passivhaus, LEED, and the City of Boston.” The presentations begin at 1:30 a.m. and are scheduled to last until 5:00 p.m.Dr. Feist is speaking at 2:00 p.m.; his topic is “The concept, experience, and dissemination of Passivhaus.”Other scheduled speakers include:Brian Butler, owner of Boston Green Builders;John Dalzell, Green Czar at the Boston Redevelopment Authority;Fred Gordon, principal of Second Street Associates;Simon Hare, owner of Placetailor;Stephanie Horowitz, managing director at Zero Energy Design;Declan Keefe, project manager at Placetailor;Katrin Klingenberg, founder of the Passive House Institute U.S.;Jeff Stein, dean of architecture at Boston Architectural College; andThe event will take place at Cass Hall, Boston Architectural College, 320 Newbury Street, Boston, Ma. The event is free and open to the public.Anyone interested in attending is asked to send an RSVP to Declan Keefe. His e-mail address is:keefe [at] placetailor [dot] com.
APTN National NewsIn 2011, Edmonton was Canada’s murder capital.And sadly, so far this year, the violence continues.Three shootings over the weekend has the city’s police chief looking for ways to prevent 2012 from turning out more deadly than the year before.APTN National News reporter Keith Laboucan has this story.